Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 12

All the Right Moves

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Eddie's shorts stories collection is entitled Greetings from Worchester.

    • When Joey calls Eddie's parent's home in Worcester, she picks up the old dorm phone. However, since Joey is calling long-distance she would be more likely to use her cell phone which probably has a pre-paid plan being away from home herself.

    • Goof: When Audrey goes into the dorm bathroom to empty the whiskey bottle, she accidently drops it on the bathroom floor and the bottle smashes in pieces. Later, when Joey looks over at the broken bottle on the bathroom floor, the mess looks different.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (Breaking their kiss) It's too late for that, Eddie. I... I gotta go.
      Eddiey: Wait, Joey, wait. [Sighs] I love you. Please, Joey, don't... don't go. I don't want it to be too late.
      Joey: I love you, too. Bye.

    • Joey: (To Eddie) A long time ago, you told me that you wanted to be one of those people that took chances, who really lived life, but I guess that was a line, huh? Because as far as I can see, you're just afraid of me, of yourself, of actually living your life.

    • Joey: (To Eddie about his chance to get into California writer's workshop) If you want to be a coward about our relationship and run out on me, that's fine, but don't be a coward about this. I mean, this is your life. Don't give up so easily.

    • Joey: (To Eddie about Professor Hetson) He said he could maybe get you into the California writer's workshop.

    • Joey: I thought that you should have this. It doesn't belong in the garbage. (Hands Eddie his short stories).

    • Woman: Let me guess. You're moving up in the world, maybe he offered you a promotion? A big raise?
      Pacey: Are you a reporter?
      Woman: Look, I just think maybe you should ask yourself why this has all been so easy... or if it's just a little too good to be true. Good luck, Pacey.

    • Professor Hetson: I've got Harley chained to a radiator.
      (Joey looks at him in shock)
      Professor Hetson: Kidding, Joey. Get a sense of humor.

    • (About Eddie)
      Professor Hetson: The kid punched me. I'll try and get him into this program, but I kinda think that that's enough.
      Joey: Yeah, but, see, professor Hetson, the thing is, he's kind of... given up, and I don't think he'd listen to me. I really... we're not on the best of terms.
      Professor Hetson: It's a fascinating saga. Tell you what. It's up to you. You want to try and convince him, tell him I'll write a recommendation, but either way, it's up to you.

    • (About Eddie's short stories)
      Professor Hetson: I found them to be overall perhaps maybe a little overwrought and derivative, they do show at their core a writer with potential.
      Joey: Really? You think he has potential?
      Professor Hetson: Don't make me say it again.

    • Emma: (To Audrey) You're out of the band.

    • Professor Hetson: (To Joey about Eddie) He punched me in the face. I mean, there could have been scarring, broken bones. We're talking serious disfigurement of one of my most cherished assets, and that is not cool in my book.

    • Joey: I'm not asking your dad to read his stories. I mean, he'd never help him, and even if he wanted to, Eddie would never let him.
      Harley: It's worth a try, isn't it? I mean, if my dad hates them, Eddie never has to know, and if he loves them, maybe he can help him.

    • Joey: (To Harley) In the future, maybe you could obtain express written consent before you go off willy-nilly telling boys that I'm pregnant. Or on second thought, maybe you could just not do it at all, ok?

    • Eddie: Let's face facts. I mean, you and I, we're headed for 2 very different futures. And the truth is, Joey, is... you deserve to be with the best guy in the room, not the one who picks up his trash or buses his table.

    • Eddie: I'm nothing. I'm just a guy with no job, no money in the bank, no prospects, no education, no talents, nothing. Hell, I even got the rejection letter to prove it.

    • Eddie: Joey, I couldn't even find a job. I couldn't pay rent. They turned my electricity off. I had cockroaches crawling on my arm.
      Joey: But why would you think that would make a difference to me, Eddie?

    • Joey: The only person you did that for was yourself. It was a nice, easy out. I get it. You know what, you got it. You're out.
      Eddie: Do you think it was that easy? It was the hardest thing I've ever done.

    • Eddie: You're obviously pissed off by the way things ended between us.
      Joey: Oh, you see, you know what? That's where you're wrong because things actually really never ended between us, Eddie. You just up and moved to Worcester for no apparent reason without even informing me, which to me, if you ask me, that's not really an ending, now, is it? I don't care. I mean, now that I know you're alive, the mystery's solved. You can go.

    • Eddie: So I leave you behind, therefore you send your little minion to come after me and trick me back?
      Joey: But perhaps if you didn't wanna be found, Eddie, maybe you should've covered your tracks a little better.

    • Joey: (Clearing Eddie's locker) Just one of the many non-valuables you left behind.

    • Eddie: I know.
      Joey: Know what?
      Eddie: About... about the whole, you know, the whole pregnancy thing.
      Joey: Oh. You mean the whole fake pregnancy thing she made up in order to lure you here under false pretenses. That whole pregnancy thing.

    • Joey: Shouldn't you be home punishing her?
      Professor Hetson: I am punishing her. I'm making her sit and have a meal with her father.

    • Audrey: I don't think I've ever done this sober before.

    • Professor Hetson: (About Harley) I'm kinda startin' to realize that my little muffin might just be a juvenile delinquent.

    • Professor Hetson: (To Harley) Get your ass out here so that I can kick it into oblivion.
      Joey: You know, I hate to interrupt your extremely effective parenting techniques, but I'm afraid she's really not here.

    • (About his job as a stokebroker)
      Pacey: In the beginning it was definitely the money, and then after that, it was the thrill of the hunt, the adrenaline, and now I guess it's some combination of the both.

    • (About calling Eddie once more)
      Joey: Don't you think it... it seems a little desperate and pathetic?
      Harley: It's romantic and heartfelt.

    • Harley: We're friends. Aren't we?
      Joey: Yeah, I guess we are.

    • Harley: (To Joey) Look, we could sit here all night and pretend that I don't know what I know about you and Eddie or you could actually realize that I might be a good confidante or shoulder to cry on. We could talk about it.

    • Joey: You want a soda?
      Harley: I'd rather have a vodka.
      Joey: Oh, sorry. We're out.

    • Emma: We needed a new lead singer, one with the talent minus the drama.
      Audrey: Ok. I got it, but... the thing is... that you guys should know, is that there was this lead singer, you know, the one who flaked out terribly and messed up and deserved to get fired, but, you see, that lead singer... she's gone. Because she had this moment of clarity on a beach in Malibu, and she realized that all of the drinking and the partying and... and the general mayhem was costing her the things that were most important in her life like her friends and... this band.

    • Emma: They're auditioning to be lead singer of this band.
      Audrey: But we already have a lead singer, you guys.
      Emma: Yes, we did have a lead singer.

    • Audrey: Dude, what is up with all the Courtney Love wannabes? It's like an Audrey convention out there.

    • Rich: (To Pacey) You're my best seller. Let's face it. You have some sort of natural gift for this stuff, a gift which unfortunately is matched only by your incredible ego and attitude.

    • (About Eddie)
      Joey: Oh, we had a little fling. A barely significant fling. I mean, it was... nothing.
      Emma: I guess I must have got it wrong.

    • Emma: While we're on the subject of bartenders with lust-worthy asses, whatever happened to Eddie?

    • Emma: I was just having a sexual fantasy about the new bartender. We were out in the alley, and we were doing it against the brick wall behind the garbage bins.
      Joey: Interesting. 'Cause to me, it's totally the pool table.
      Emma: Joey potter, I am shocked!
      Joey: What? I am not above the occasional random sexual fantasy to help the otherwise glacially paced workday. Believe me. Don't let the prim exterior fool you. Underneath it all, I'm actually... less prim.

    • Audrey: I don't expect you to forgive me right away because I do realize how bad I've messed up, and... you know, I just... if you guys wanna call me sometime, you know, just to say hi, that would be really cool. Because I really love you guys, and I miss you, and I'm just really sorry.

    • Eddie: You're going to have anything you want in this life, Joey.
      Joey: I wanted you.
      Eddie: No! You wanted that guy you met in English class and I'm not him.

    • Harley: Screw the formula. The formula can lick my lily-white ass.
      Joey: Do you kiss your father with that mouth?
      Harley: Ooh gross! Why would I kiss my father?

  • Notes

    • Ray Wise and Dana Ashbrook previously worked together on Twin Peaks. Wise is one of the many actors from Twin Peaks to guest star on Dawson's Creek, including Sherilyn Fenn and Mädchen Amick.

    • Professor Hetson: I've got Harley chained to a radiator.

      This line is used before in 6x02 (The song remains the same):

      Jen: How do they know I don't beat her with a stick and leave her tied to the radiator all winter?

    • Spanish title: Todos los Movimientos Precisos, meaning All the Precise Movements.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Does She Walk On Water by Jennie DeVoe
      Lost At 22 by The Snaggs
      Bad Times by Busy Philipps
      Fair Sky In Wichita by Chad Lawson Trio
      Something I Can't Be by Kirsten Proffit
      Zombie Lincoln by C60
      Kozy Claustrophobic by Failsafe
      Love Is All Around by Busy Philipps
      Dear Dorothy by Chad Lawson Trio
      Prince Of The City by Jacobstone
      Rock 'n' Roll & The Teenage Desperation by Loudermilk
      One More Day by Tommy Holmes
      Are We There Yet? by Chad Lawson Trio

    • Although featured in the opening credits, James Van Der Beek does not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Joey: Were you protecting, uh, government secrets? Were you kidnapped by international jewel thieves?

      This is an allusion to a previous line of the same episode:

      Harley: Maybe he got kidnapped by international jewel thieves.

    • Joey: You told me that you wanted to be one of those people that took chances.

      This is an allusion to episode 6x04 Instant Karma!

      Eddie: ...this celebration of madness about people who aren't afraid, who take chances, people who really live. And I guess that I've always... wanted to be one of those people, you know?

    • Joey: He said he could maybe get you into the California writer's workshop.

      The California writer's workshop provides workshops and education to aspiring writers.

    • Professor Hetson: I've crushed more than one would-be Sylvia Plath's literary ambitions into oblivion.

      Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer.

    • Professor Hetson: One minute it was all Barney and Elmo.

      Barney is a dinosaur from the childrens' tv show Barney & Friends.

      Elmo is a muppet on the children's television show Sesame Street.

    • Emma: We did have a lead singer. Unfortunately, she flaked out so terribly, she had to be replaced. You know, got drunk a lot, messed up on stage, and then disappeared to California.

      This is an allusion to episode 6x07 Ego tripping at the gates of hell.

    • Audrey: Dude, what is up with all the Courtney Love wannabes?

      Courtney Love (1964-) is an American rock musician and actress.

    • Audrey: So the thing is that after the whole Christmas debacle...

      This is an allusion to episode 6x10 Merry Mayhem.

    • The episode title All The Right Moves, was also the title of and early Tom Cruise film, All the Right Moves.